A rare sound filled the Concert Hall at Drew on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. as Bridget Kibbey played a solo harp concert. This year Kibbey kicked off the first concert in Drew’s da Camera Concerts series. She is well known for her diverse programming that spans across numerous areas of music, including baroque and French masterworks. She has even been called the “Yo-Yo Ma of the harp” by Vogue’s Senior Editor Corey Seymour.
At 7:15 p.m. Trevor Weston, Chair of the Music Department, led a pre-concert chat along with music majors Hannah Ahlert (’20), Cyrus Heidary (’20) and Chris Zanardi (’20). Kibbey discussed why she chose the specific pieces she performed for this concert as well as how she adapts pieces to be played.
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Typically, a harp is heard within a larger orchestra; however Kibbey has such an astounding stage presence that, even though she was the only one stage, seemed to fill the whole space. One of the most memorable pieces was the first piece on the program, “Toccata and fugue in D Minor” by Johann Sebastian Bach. With the first note, Kibbey captivated her audience. Bach uses a lot of counterpoint: when two melodic lines are played together at the same time. There was so much happening within the music that it was hard to believe that there was only one set of hands playing. Between pieces Kibbey would get up from her stool and explain a few things about the upcoming piece. She had an intermission scheduled in the program, but decided not to have it. Instead, she sat down and talked a little more about the remainder of the program. One of the highlights of the second half was Isaac Albéniz’s “Granada.” During this piece Kibbey not only played the harp but also sang. Overall, her concert was a success, and she really engaged her audience.
The next performance to take place in the Concert Hall will be the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center which will take place on October 26 at 8 p.m. There will also be a pre-concert chat at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are free for Drew students with an I.D.